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Sparking Sense Set

Sparking Sense Set

Fall 2017 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Teknikio
Price: $24.00

Teknikio's Sparking Sense is a twelve-piece basic circuitry set for children aged eight years and up. The kit's reusable parts include: four alligator clips, two coin batteries, two LED lights, a battery holder, tilt switch, conductive tape, lever switch, toggle switch, buzzer, push switch, a magnetic reed switch, and basic instructions for creating a cardboard house that lights up when the door is opened.

To learn how circuits work, we began by experimenting with different assemblies of components and lighting a single LED light as shown in the guide. When moving on to build the house, our young electrical engineers learned quickly to be careful about laying the conductive tape and making sure that connections were secure.

The extended, fully-illustrated guidebook, which is available online, lists and describes the individual components in the kit and gives children basic information on concepts such as polarity of batteries, electrical conductivity, different types of switches, and so forth. It also provides a detailed list of additional required and/or recommended materials (e.g., cardboard, glue, scissors, etc.). The project guide also includes a trouble shooting guide.

The kit is a great hands-on way for children to explore, experiment, and learn about basic circuits. And, it can be used to spark interest in and introduce children to increasingly complicated concepts.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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